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Speech Team

Johnson Senior High Speech Team

What to Expect:

Description of activity: Students choosing from 13 different competitive speech events to prepare and present in tournament contests. There is something for everyone: drama, current events, persuasive speaking or creative expression.

Where to go for more information: Ms. Ensign in room 1103

Length of season: The first team meetings start in November and the State Speech Tournament takes place in April.

Practice and/or meeting times: The team meets as a whole one day a month after school. Beyond that, students sign up for individual work sessions with your coach at least once a week. Since we coach one on one, the days can be pretty flexible.

Practice and/or meeting site: Johnson Senior High in room 1103

Competitions: Competitions take all day Saturday. Compete in approximately 6-8 Saturday meets. The section tournament is on a weeknight in March. Speakers who qualify attend the state meet in April. Students also may compete in a national qualifying tournament in March. National Tournaments are held in May and June.

Eligibility requirements: Members must be making satisfactory progress towards graduation and meet team expectations. Meet the MSHSL and Saint Paul Public Schools Eligibility Requirements.

Costs and/or needed equipment: Students must wear business attire at competitions. Please let your coach know if you need help getting appropriate attire.

Awards criteria & type of awards: Students may win trophies at tournaments.

Student leadership opportunities: Team captains 


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Join the Johnson Speech Team!

Want to join the speech team or learn more about it? Attend an informational session on Monday, October 23rd in room 1103 with Ms. Ensign. We will go over the following:

  • What is speech team? Who should join (hint - anybody)?
  • What is the commitment?
  • What are the categories of competition?

Interested in reading more about the various categories? Click here.

Questions? Email Ms. Ensign at